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See What Happened When Lupita Nyong'o Met Her Inspiration

Watch Lupita Nyong'o's Dream Meeting With Her Inspiration

Originally posted 04/27/2014 07:05PM

In an emotional speech at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in February, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o credited supermodel Alek Wek's success for giving her own self-confidence a huge boost. "She was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was," Nyong'o said. "I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful."

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